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Old 03-21-2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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How to repair FStab after changin hard drives?

Hi all I'm sure this is a trivial thing but it's got me stumped.

After upgrading my hard drives recently linux refuses to boot giving saying it can't mount the filesystems, the problem seems to be that my hard disks are now called hdd where fstab refers to them as hdf.
Could someone give me a simple newbie walkthrough how to fix this problem? Either from the Mandrake repair console on the CD or the maintainance mode it goes into when I try to boot? (Including basic things like the text editor to use, I'm pretty clueless sorry )
Thank you!
Old 03-21-2005, 01:24 PM   #2
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You can fix your problem by booting from a live cd, mounting your root partition and then correcting the /etc/fstab. If you don't have a live cd, you can use your Mandrake installation cd, then do at the boot prompt,

1) press f1 and type linux-rescue
2) chroot /mnt/sysimage
3) cd etc
4) edit fstab using whatever editor your have and then reboot.

You will need to provide details of your root (/) partition, just before step 2.
Old 03-22-2005, 01:51 AM   #3
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*Sigh* I got it working for about 5 minutes until KDE crashed and I had to reboot, now I get a load of hex information when I try to boot and the computer stops.
Oh well I guess I'll have to reinstall or better yet find another Distro, Mandrake has caused me nothing but headaches so far.

Thanks for your help anyway
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Remember MDK CE is beta software. If you install OE (Official Edition) you have a newer, fixed OS with
additional bugfixes along the way.

- Peder
Old 03-22-2005, 03:04 AM   #5
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As part of the process of trying to get it working I upgraded my 10.0 CE to 10.1 OE. I think that may be the cause of the instability once I got things (briefly) working.


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